Title is terrible, and misleading, and I am probably posting in the wrong forum, I apologize in advance for this. Many of you might remember me as a long-time TPU member, so Hi!
Anyway, as a computer guy who lives in a town without a Fry's or Microcenter, I like to browse Best Buy sometimes. As I wondered into the back where the audio equipment resides, I came upon some of the most glorious looking tube-amplifier stereo systems. The sound on these were profound, with warm tones and no distortion even on high volumes. These boxes were terribly expensive, going all the way up to a thousand dollars, sometimes more.
My question to Head-Fi and it's denizens is where should I go shopping for a small tube-amp system that I can sit on my desk at work. I would like the system to be between $50 and $175 (entry level), be fairly small in size (though size is not a priority) and have an aux 3.5mm (the more input types the better). I would like the system to both be an amp and its own output (speakers), and although it probably is out of my price range, an optional amplified headphone out would be great. I am also very comfortable buying second-hand.
Thank you everyone in advance for your time!
Edited by 3870x2 - 1/10/13 at 7:28am